For this blog I thought I would look at the Ayrshire Gifts an’ a’ That shop that is run by some of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum’s volunteers.
Ayr has recently been named one of the healthiest high streets in Britain, through a piece of research conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health. This is based on the proportion of businesses found in their main retail area that support the public’s health. While Ayrshire Gifts an’ a’ That does’t on the face of it support public health, having spoken to volunteers and spent time in the shop it is clear that their are regulars who enjoy coming in to buy beautiful crafted items and have a wee chat with the volunteers in the shop. The shop has become popular with local residents of Ayr coming to browse and buy unique things.
Ayrshire Gifts started as a pop up shop in 2014, it proved very popular for Christmas gifts and has now continued on into 2015. The shop is located in Ayr town centre, opposite the Arran Mall.
The shop stocks items made by local crafters, these range from handmade wooden ornaments, a wide range a beautiful jewellery, cards, artwork … I could go on!
The volunteers have over 60 crafters on the books! Some of the crafters provide demo’s of how to make items of jewellery. (The next one in Wednesday 6th May 2-3pm! By Helen Beck who makes stunning necklaces, bracelets, earrings!)
For this blog I thought I would pick out some of my (and a few of our volunteers) shop highlights.
Currently the central display in the shop is the Teddy Bears Tea Party, the teddy bears are fully jointed handmade bears. These are made by a company called Logi Bear, with other fully jointed cuddly animals by KooKies. It is hard to resist cuddling them as you walk through the door!
Another favourite is Handmade Ayrshire, with regular customers coming in to buy their candles which prove popular. They are beautifully packaged and make great gifts… or just nice to buy for yourself.
The jewellery, scarfs and headbands in the shop are handmade and unique, it makes nice additions to wedding outfits for adults and children! There is jewellery to suit every taste and style.
If you are in Ayr swing by the shop for a good browse! The volunteers are knowledgeable about the stock and are wonderful at helping you pick out just the right gift, especially if you cant pick from the wide range!
By Catriona, Learning and Volunteer Intern, RBBM.
For more information on the report by the Royal Society of Public Health see: https://www.rsph.org.uk/en/about-us/latest-news/press-releases/press-release1.cfm/pid/792B0BEF-F0FF-4349-B34BB5E5041A2D17